Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, (Burma)

Cemetery Details

Location Thanbyuzayat, Mawlamyine District, Myanmar
Co‑ordinates N15.972957, E97.718567
Description

Myanmar (Burma)

Extract from CWGC site (see link)

The notorious Burma-Siam railway was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma.

It was built by a slave labour force of Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, and civilians drafted from countries occupied by the Japanese.

During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar).

Two major groups of workers began at opposite ends of the line towards the centre. The Japanese aimed at completing the railway in 14 months and work began in October 1942. The line, 424 kilometres long, was completed by December 1943.

The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the Burma-Siam railway (except for the Americans, whose remains were repatriated) that could be located, were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated sites along the railway into three cemeteries at Chungkai and Kanchanaburi in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar.

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Names

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BARBER, Bert

Service number VX18991
Private
2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 1 Jan 1913

GRANT, Eric Robert

Service number QX14688
Private
2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 7 Jan 1919

STICKLEY, Sydney Anzac

Service number QX12347
Private
2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 26 Apr 1917

BUSWELL, Timothy Laurence

Service number NX36616
Corporal
Australian Army Provost Corps (WW2)
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 15 Sep 1900

SMITH, Charles James

Service number NX2573
Private
2nd/30th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 23 Jan 1915

ROONEY, John Clarence

Service number NX40488
Corporal
2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 8 Dec 1919

CUMMING, Thomas Stephen

Service number VX31670
Gunner
2nd/4th Anti Tank aka Tank Attack Regiment
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 19 Sep 1912

HOLLAWAY, Benjamin Huon

Service number TX8112
Private
2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 20 Aug 1920

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